UIDAI does not have any procedure to remove Aadhaar number from its database. A Central Public Information Officer (CPIO) of UIDAI has informed(pdf), in response to an RTI filed requesting procedure for removing the number. The RTI sought answers to the requests received for authentication, confirmation, or matching of any of the RTI applicant's data held by the UIDAI, the details of the persons or entities asking for such authentication and certified copies of requests and responses sent on the same. UIDAI CPIO initially said that his data was not shared with anyone, but the appellant questioned this response as a gas agency and a bank had used his Aadhaar information for authentication. The RTI applicant was of the opinion that once the Aadhaar data had been used by a third-party to authenticate his information, UIDAI should provide an option to delete his details from its database as it no longer served any purpose. The RTI information was revealed as part of an investigation (pdf) by the Central Information Commissoin (CIC) based on a complaint filed by the RTI applicant on UIDAI's response. The commission stated that it will not go into this issue by itself, but will raise this matter in appropriate fora if the appellant wishes to. The RTI seeking information regarding sharing of UID data was filed in September. The RTI was received by the CPIO next month, but when he did not receive a response even after a month, he filed an appeal to the First Appellate in November. The appellate court did not conduct any investigation…
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